The 35th annual Lincoln Art Fair will be Aug. 23 and Aug. 24. The
show officially runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days in downtown
Lincoln's Latham Park.
"Art takes many forms. So there's something
for everyone at the Lincoln Art Fair," say event co-chairs Marty
Ahrends and Rick Hamm. "From functional pottery and unique jewelry
to pieces intended for wall display, visitors can find great gifts
or something for their home or office. Prices range from $10 on up
to $3,000, with many items under $250."
A panel of art professionals begins judging each artist's
presentation on Saturday morning, Aug. 23. They will select the Best
of Show, sponsored by Rep. Rich Brauer; Best New Artist, sponsored
by Marsha Robinett; the Janet Harris Memorial Award, sponsored by
the Thomas M. Harris family; and first, second and third place,
which receive cash awards.
Twenty-one new artists will compete for awards and sales this
year. Their offerings range from original wire sculpture and leather
goods to fine writing instruments crafted from wood and drawings of
revered athletic venues.
New at the Lincoln Art Fair:
Gangler from Normal
Douglas Fulks from Lake Lotawana, Mo.
Flinn from Glasglow, Mo.
Glass artist Brock
Eddleman from Bloomington
Rhonda Cearlock from Vandalia
artist Charlotte Behrends from Mount Carroll
artisan Tricia Hardway from Springfield
"The Bead Lady," of Chatham
Josie and Sandra Thompson from Gibson City
Steinke from Lake Barrington
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Kit Sunderland from Plainfield
Mary Beth Shaw from Wildwood, Mo.
and Nancy Scherer from Sparland
Michael Schael of
Rock Eagle Pottery in Cambridge, Wis.
Punke of Bloomington
Acrylic artist Lou
Ann Minton from San Jose
artisan Bill Merritt from Camdenton, Mo.
Glass bead jeweler
Audra Lofraro-White of DeLand
jewelry from Mary Barge Hoar of St. Louis
instruments from Mary Boesdorfer and Jim Harp of Rochester
Many of the veteran exhibitors, like Kansas City-based whimsical
pen-and-ink artist Bob Holloway, have cultivated a loyal following
at the Lincoln Art Fair. Their booths are generally in the same
location so their clients have no trouble finding their newest
"Purchasing 'art bucks' is a great way to reward employees or
recognize a milestone event," say Ahrends and Hamm. "These
dollar-for-dollar vouchers are valued by artists who vie for sales
from the Lincoln Art Fair regular buyers."
Other downtown activities on the weekend of the art fair and
balloon fest include the used book sale at the Lincoln Public
Library, Art of Wine on the courthouse square, a car show and a flea
[Text from file received from
Marty Ahrends, co-chair, Lincoln Art Fair]